What Happens to a Debut Author’s Brain on #Amazonfail — Some folks have called for support Amazon authors during the Amazon-Macmillan mess. Authors named have included me. I'm very grateful, but who we should really be supporting are debut authors, such as Blake Charlton, whose book is about to be released. Pre-order him at Powell's, because you sure as hell can't pre-order him at Amazon. For a debut author with modest numbers in his P&L, missing that first sales rush could literally be a career killer.
Blind Reading — Why would booksellers buy a title without knowing anything about it? (Thanks to willyumtx.)
Live long and prosper, Xanthoria elegans — Terrestrial organisms survive in hard vacuum aboard the ISS. Wow.
"Melting" Drywall Keeps Rooms Cool — Some interesting materials science in the construction industry.
Reader voices strong opinions on atheists — Christianist bigotry at its finest, now with even less logic that evolution denial!
Today would have been Dana McCaffery's first birthday — The anti-vax movement kills. Pure and simple. Antiscience idiocy is dangerous, whether you get it from Jenna McCarthy or your pastor. Think, people, don't just believe.
Republican Senator Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations In The Senate — There's some bipartisanship for you. The GOP isn't even pretending to be anything but the Party of No now. Thought experiment: What would the reaction have been if a minority Democratic senator had issued a blanket hold on Bush appointees?
?otD: Would you take the chemo, if you were me?
Writing time yesterday: 75 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike to come
Hours slept: 7.75
This morning's weigh-in: 228.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently reading: [between books]